Sometime around fall of 2015 I started working on a series of solo compositions for bass as a means of getting to know my instrument and my own language better. Bass can simultaneously be incredibly diverse in its sounds and the directions it can go while being very homogeneous in palette. A lot of what I've written has been an attempt to explore and expand on both the instruments parameters, as well as the parameters of my own thinking applied to the instrument.
Recorded by Edwin Huet (2016)
Cover art by Ashley Urquhart
Edwin Huet and I have been collaborating on most everything since formally meeting and jamming together in 2015. Since then, we've partnered on tons of recording projects, multiple composition initiatives and musical/multimedia showcases and even had a few shows here and there. Xiodjiha is probably the simplest of these collaborations, featuring both of us freely improvising. Not much to say about what I play here (it's a bass) but Edwin's setup is designed for both independent use and live-processing, as well as live recording our improvisations, making the duo incredibly flexible in approach.
Edwin Huet - Electronics/Live Processing/anything computer related
Alex Fournier - Upright Bass/anything analog
Video by Christina Manceor
Other people's music
Since arriving at the Peabody Conservatory I've worked with a multitude of both local composers and peers. Contemporary composition (or really any at all) serves to inform the structure of ones improvisation, just as improvisation can inform the performance practices of something through-composed.
From one of my collaborations - the middle movement (and possibly my favorite) of Sean Calhoun's Suite for Solo Double Bass. Had a ton of fun learning this one and it taught me a lot about my instrument.